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HURRY..SELLING OUT!!! GET YOUR RENTAL FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY NOW. NOT MUCH LEFT

Jamaica Royale is situation right next to the #1 Beach in the Country.  And the fireworks are incredible. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/06/01/dr-beachs-top-10-beaches-us/

We still have a few rentals: minimum stay is  1 week.  Call today or book online.


Siesta Key Florida # 1 Beach in the Country..

Vacation’s Calling!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION ON THIS OUTSTANDING BEACH.

 

Looking for a unique and memorable vacation spot? You won’t have to look any further than Florida’s beautiful Siesta Key, a barrier island located just off Sarasota’s coast. Family-friendly beaches, resorts, accommodations and Siesta Key Village make this location fun for everyone!  HURRY!!! TIME IS RUNNING OUT.  BOOK YOUR FOURTH OF JULY RESERVATIONS NOW!

Who wouldn’t want to vacation on miles and miles of the purest, whitest sand you’ll find on any beach? Relax in the sun or go parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing or sailing. Or you can fill a whole day at Siesta Key Village, a hotspot of fine restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques and stores. There is something there for everyone in the family–from clothing and unique jewelry to beach gear and Siesta Key, FL souvenirs and memorabilia!

Restaurants offer a wide variety of dishes–seafood, ethnic cuisine and even pizza places. Dine outside on patios, enjoy daily drink specials and fill your nights with live bands, dancing and special events.

A Look at Siesta Key, FL

Early in the 20th century, what started out as a mostly barren barrier island where some residents maintained beach homes began to turn into the Siesta Key that we know and love today. After an island boardinghouse was used as a hotel in 1906, Siesta Key as a vacation spot was born!

Just six years later, a large hotel opened — one of the largest in that area of Florida at the time. As the influx of visitors to the area made ferrying difficult, a bridge to Siesta Key was constructed and opened in 1917. Another bridge was built ten years later.

While progress on Siesta Key slowed during the Depression Era, the beauty of the island continued to attract residents and visitors. Today, more than 24,000 people live on Siesta Key and the beaches and resorts draw more than 350,000 visitors each year.

Getting to the Siesta Key, FL Area

You would think Paradise would be hard to get to…but you can easily reach Siesta Key, FL by car; it’s just over an hour south of Tampa down Route I-75 and less than two and a half hours southwest from Orlando via I-4 and I-75.

From the south, you would take I-75 north from Miami and surrounding areas; it’s about three and a half hours by car, but well worth the drive! Leave after breakfast and you’ll be enjoying lunch at a Siesta Key Village restaurant by early afternoon!

Flying in? Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is just 25 minutes from this beautiful resort area. St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport and Tampa International Airport are both about an hour away to the north, as are Charlotte County Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport to the south.

Siesta Key, FL Accommodations

You’ll find many fine accommodations on Siesta Key designed to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. Most offer a short walk to the beach and are not far from Siesta Key Village, where you just might be spending at lot of your time!

Jamaica Royale offers Gulf-front rentals that allow you to stroll to the beach on a private lane. Choose from one-story villas, two-story penthouses or tower condominiums that provide a wonderful view of the Gulf. Jamaica Royale offers three heated swimming pools, a beach-side barbecue area and a spectacular view of the world-renowned Siesta Key sunset.

Contact the friendly staff of Jamaica Royale at 941-349-1800 to find out more and book your next vacation. With white quartz sand, sunsets and the fun attractions of Siesta Key Village–what’s NOT perfect about Siesta Key, FL?


Siesta Key Village Things To Do

A Ton of Fun at Siesta Key Village

So, you’re lucky enough to be vacationing in Siesta Key, Florida. Congratulations! You’re going to be enjoying a lot of sunshine, pure white sand, water activities and more…not to mention staying in one of the exclusive Gulf front vacation rentals at Jamaica Royale where you’ll find swimming pools, white sand beaches, games and world class dining opportunities in nearby Siesta Village.

You can fill both your days and your nights with things to do in Siesta Key Village. From dining to dancing and shopping to sand sculpting competitions, you won’t find a single dull moment when you spend time in this hub on Siesta Key!

Things to Do in Siesta Key Village — Dining and Drinking

With everything from fine and casual dining to live music, the question might be: what isn’t there to do at Siesta Key Village?

Let’s start with the restaurants because, of course, you’re going to get hungry after enjoying the beach all day. Siesta Key Village offers a wide range of mouthwatering cuisine options! Here are just a few choices when it comes to dining in Siesta Key Village:

  • Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB): seafood, live music and a 3 pm – 6pm happy hour
  • Aaron’s Fish Camp: open-air dining and live music
  • The Hub Baja Grill: a day and evening “Fiesta Hour”; great food from seafood pasta to sandwiches
  • Daiquiri Deck: a wide range of frozen drinks as well as house wine and beer, too
  • The Beach Club: if the nightlife is your thing, this nightclub has a noon – 7 pm happy hour, live music and dancing–party hard!

There’s also a lot of casual eateries if you’re looking for pizza, burgers or sandwiches. You will not go hungry when you visit Siesta Key Village!

Things to Do in Siesta Key Village – Shopping

Siesta Key Village offers a wide range of unique stores and boutiques where you can buy clothes, beach paraphernalia, hand-made crafts, souvenirs and so much more. Just a few of the many stores and shops you might want to check out in Siesta Key Village include:

  • Beach Bazaar: souvenirs and all your beach gear needs
  • Siesta T’s: clothing and souvenirs
  • Sea Chantey: a range of unique gifts
  • Hurricane Rita’s Gifts: quirky and unique nautical and tropical gifts

You can also choose from several spas and hair and nail salons to pamper yourself or a loved one.

Things to Do in Siesta Key Village – Outdoor Activities and Special Events

What’s great about Siesta Key Village is the variety of things to do; there’s so much more than eating and shopping! From outdoor art galleries to nature tours, Siesta Key has something for everyone! Witness the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival that draws sculptors from around the world–you will be wowed by the awe-inspiring creations made before your eyes. This event takes place in November each year.

You’ll be able to participate in holiday events throughout the year including a popular Siesta Beach 4th of July firework show and related events, several Christmas and New Year’s events, Easter egg hunts and so many others. You can also take trolley tours, and there’s also a weekly farmer’s market in Siesta Village and many other community events that will keep you entertained during your stay on this beautiful island.


45th Annual Amateur Sand Scupture Constest at Siesta Beach

Event Takes Place between 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on May 6, 2017

Come enjoy some fun, sun, and sand at the 45th annual Siesta Key Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest! This free, family-friendly event is open to competitors of all ages and skill levels. Cash prizes will be available and are sponsored by Friends of Sarasota County Parks and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Contest is rain or shine

Competing categories include adult individuals, adult teams, children (10 years and younger) and youths (ages 11-17). Registration begins (near yellow lifeguard stand) at 8:30 am. Judging begins at 1 pm and Awards presented at 2 pm.

This event is open to 25 contestants and if you are interested in signing up, please contact Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (941) 861-5000.


Memorial Day Events

Sarasota Memorial Day Parade

Mon. May 29 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway will be recognized. The Parade will be led by the City of Sarasota Police Color Guard, the Sarasota Sheriff’s Color Guard, and the Sarasota County Fire Department Color Guard, the Florida Fire Service, and Vets on Bikes.

6th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival

Mon. May 29 – ALL DAY
Ready for some blues? The 6th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival is taking place on Memorial Day at Snook Haven. Music gets underway at 11 a.m. with an all day and into the evening lineup on two stages with a lineup that includes: Biscuit Miller, Ben Presitage, The All Veterans Blues Band, Kellie Rucker, and Souliz. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.


May 2017 Events

Birding Diversity

Sat. May 6 – 7:15 AM
Calling all birding enthusiasts! Be tantalized and wowed by the vast array of bird species and nature found at the beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Carlton Reserve). Join Sarasota County volunteer guide, Charlie Sample as he leads you on a birding nature journey at 7:15 am – 12:15 pm. This is a FREE event.


Big Cat Habitat’s Jam in the Jungle

Sat. May 6 – 5:30 PM
Enjoy drinks, dancing, music and more at this benefit to raise money for the habitat clinic that rehabilitates and cares for lions, tigers, leopards and more big cats. You can even meet the cats and feed them. Price is $25 – $100.

Academy Adventures: Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

Wed. May 10 – 8:00 AM
Join us for a trip to Fort Myers for a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Admission will include a guided tour of the Edison Family House, guest and caretaker’s cottages, and the Ford Estate. Tour fee is $79.

Dig the Beach Volleyball

Sat. May 20 – ALL DAY
The Dig the Beach Beach Volleyball Series returns to Siesta Key for our annual 3rd weekend of May date! We expect to career to over 400 teams. The event is open to all levels of skill. Saturday play features our Adult divisions, with Sunday dedicated to Juniors ages 12-18 years of age.

Geek Day 5K

Thurs. May 25 – 7:00 AM
Geek Pride Day is celebrated each year on May 25! The date was chosen because its the date that the movie Star Wars was released. One thing is for sure, there are millions of us out there that GEEK OUT on running, jogging and/or walking. So it’s time to GET YOUR GEEK ON and celebrate Geek Day by completing a virtual 5K and we’ll send you an awesome GEEK DAY MEDAL!


April Events

St Armands Circle Ladies Night

Thurs. April 20 – 5:00 PM
Join us on The Circle on the Third Thursday every month from 5-9p.m. Enjoy a fun evening with friends celebrating a 15% off discount, raffle prizes and refreshments from 30 participating stores and restaurants. Click here for more information.

Craft Beer Tasting

Thurs. April 20 – 6:00 PM
Do the guys (and girls) not attending Ladies Night need something to do? Look no further than the tasting events at Island Time Spirits. Admission is $10 and includes a $2 coupon to a purchase of 6-pack. More Info.

Towles Court Art Walk

Fri. April 21 – 5:00 AM
One of the best art events in Sarasota! All galleries, restaurants and businesses are open for the Towles Court Art Walk every third Friday from 5-9pm. Learn more.

Movie on the Beach: JAWS

Sat. April 22 – 7:30 PM
We love the irony presented by the Sarasota Film Festival and Sarasota County Parks & Rec. They will give away popcorn, and there will be a concession stand available. Check it out.

35th Annual Suncoast Boat Show

Fri. April 21 – Sun. April 23
Nearly two hundred exhibitors will showcase an outstanding selection of boats ranging from motor yachts and fishing boats to cruisers, runabouts and personal watercraft at Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota. This year’s show will be the largest in the event’s history in terms of overall exhibit space and the number of boats and exhibitors on display.


What’s Included in a Condo Rental at Jamaica Royale

All condominiums are a home away from home ~ completely furnished with fully equipped kitchens. Each of our units has private, high-speed wireless FIOS internet.  There are laundry facilities on site for our guests only.  In addition, many of the units have their own washer/dryer.   Irons, ironing boards, and linens are supplied.  Did we miss something?  Call the front office, we are happy to accommodate.

Wi-Fi is accessible in our community room, around our pools, and in the private beach area directly in front of our complex on the engaging Gulf of Mexico.  Beach chairs are provided for you on our private sandy beach.    Would you prefer to lounge on the beach in the shade in a nice cabana near the Gulf?  Cabana boys will be glad to bring you a cabana lounge chair, just inquire at the Jamaica Royale Management office.

Stop in and meet your new Jamaica Royale staff today!


December 9 – 30, 2016 – Sarasota Jungle Gardens Holiday Lights Spectacular

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without dazzling light displays and Sarasota Jungle Gardens will make your holidays bright for most nights in December as it hosts the 15th annual Holiday Lights Spectacular.

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Opening night is Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and the celebration continues from 6 to

9 p.m. on Dec. 10, 16 & 17, 21-24 and 26-30. On those nights, the Gardens are transf

ormed into a Holiday Wonderland featuring activities like a stroll down “Candy Cane Lane,” roasting marshmallows, photos with Santa, and live entertainment each night at 7 and 8 p.m.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234. For more information, call (941) 355-5305 or visit www.sarasotajunglegardens.com.

 


December, 2016 – Ringling Museum of Art Schedule

Holiday Splendor
Thurs. Dec. 1 – 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holiday season and support Toys For Tots.  Enjoy holiday music and performances by local elementary, middle and high schools. Admission is free with one unwrapped toy per guest.

National Theatre Live – Threepenny Opera
Fri. Dec. 2 – 1:00 and 6:00 PM
A darkly comic take on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s raucous musical, in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens. (Note: contains violence, adult language and scenes of a sexual nature).

Art & A Movie – Rising Sun
Sat. Dec. 3 – 1:30 PM
Based on Michael Crichton’s novel, this film exemplifies how the fear of other cultures can deter the process of learning to understand others, and its consequences.   There will be a post screening discussion led by Susan Doll, PhD.

Conversation: Unfolding Beauty, The Story of Elsa Zelley and Her Fan Collection
Tues. Dec. 6 – 10:30 AM
Unfolding beauty will be presented by Ron McCarty, Keeper of Ca d’Zan and Anita Palmer, former cataloger of Elsa Zelley’s collection.

National Theatre Live – War Horse
Fri. Dec. 9 – 1:00 and 6:30 PM
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the powerful story of a boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I.

Collecting Recollections – Elvin Bale
Tues. Dec. 13 – 10:30 AM
The American circus has often reached out to the rich traditions of the global circus community. Elvin Bale will share his personal stories of the performers and entrepreneurs who brought their talent and skills to America, enriching this already popular entertainment.


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Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world.   At the “Great International White Sand Beach Challenge” held in 1987, it was recognized as having the “whitest and finest sand in the world.”

Since then, Siesta Key Beach has been chosen as the #1 beach in both the U.S. and the entire world by numerous groups and publications.  Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of coral, Siesta Beach’s sand is 99% quartz.  Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It’s estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, and started in the Appalachians and flowed down the rivers and was eventually deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.

Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in Sarasota County and great for small children.

 

Click here to read the entire article about Siesta Key.


Jamaica Royale Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Print_Logo_COE2016_enThe staff at Jamaica Royale are excited to announce that the property has been awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. In order to receive this award, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four our of five stars during the past year. We are so very thankful to all of our past and current visitors who have shared their stories and experiences in staying with us and helped achieve this award.


Silver Travel Advisor Article

Recently, David Graham, a professional travel journalist for Silver Travel Advisor visited Siesta Key and he had some wonderful things to say about our area .    To read the full article, click here.


Jamaica Royale Logo Shirts

Show your community pride with one of our logo t-shirts! Available in various colors and sizes from small to XXL, our logo shirts and sweatshirts will improve anyone’s day.  There are also beach hats and baseball caps available!

All products are priced to sell at $20 each and available in the office right now.  Call today (888-981-1800) or stop in our office to pick up a souvenir from Siesta Key!


Dr. Beach Rates Siesta Beach #2 in the United States!

TOP 10 BEACHES 2016

1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii
2. Siesta Beach Sarasota, Florida
3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii
4. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina
5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
6. Grayton Beach State Park Florida panhandle
7. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
8. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
9. Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin, Clearwater, Florida
10. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina

See full details on this article, click here.


October 13-16, 2016 ~ Ringling International Arts Festival

Explore the vibrant and exhilarating world of contemporary music, theater, and dance. With performances at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 PM daily.

Visit https://www.ringling.org/riaf/ for tickets and a full performance schedule!


October 15-16, 2016 ~ Jungle Gardens Fall Festival

As the fall season arrives, Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ Fall Festival kicks off the season with a pumpkin-themed day of fun for the whole family!

On the weekend of October 15-16 the gardens will offer half price children’s admission and feature fun fall activities like face painting, pumpkin painting, food and more!  Families can also enjoy feeding flamingos, interactive animal shows, and the beautiful 10 acres of paradise that Jungle Gardens has to offer.

For ticket prices and more information visit the Jungle Gardens Website
or call (941) 355-5305.

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October 31, 2016 ~ Safe Treats for Halloween

For the 32nd year, the Siesta Key Village Association will once again host “Safe Treats” on Monday, October 31st, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Bring your little ones to Trick or Treat in the Siesta Key Village along Ocean Boulevard and the surrounding streets.  Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows.  This free event promotes a safe and fun venue for children on Halloween.

For more information visit www.siestakeyvillage.org or call Helene Hyland at
(941) 685-2274.

 


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